LEXUS LC COUPE PERFECTED BY TAKUMI CRAFTSMEN

The supreme quality and finish that will distinguish the new Lexus LC coupe is a credit to the company's world-renowned Takumi master craftsmen, according to the car's chief engineer.

Mr Koji Sato said the luxury brand's detail-obsessed artisans are overseeing the key stages of production for the flagship LC coupe, just as they did for the LFA supercar.

He said the expert scrutiny of the Takumi is ever-present - from component construction, through

They are also skilled in designing and overseeing training programs, evaluating results and working with technicians to adapt and improve their skills and the equipment they use to further improve the production process.

"The LC will be built at the Motomachi plant, the same factory where we produced the LFA," Mr Sato said.

"Some of the Takumi who worked on that model are now working exclusively on the new coupe," he said.

"This way, we have been able to tap into their knowledge and experience in areas such as the carbon-fibre components, leatherwork and hand-finishing."

LC chief designer Tadao Mori said the Takumi specialists, who are grounded in the Japanese tradition of fine-quality finishing, imbued the LC coupe with an added dimension of luxury and attention to detail.

"I would highlight the exquisite stitching of the Alcantara® upholstery, which gives the LC a sporty yet luxurious feeling," Mr Mori said.

"In fact, you won't find any plastic parts in the interior, as we have covered almost everything in upholstery. I also love the creative stitching and the small perforations in the seat fabric."

The two men regard the LC coupe's steering wheel as a piece of art.

"A Takumi master driver helped define the best possible shape for the steering wheel," Mr Sato said. "Driving the car and checking the details again and again, he constantly refined the profile to come up with an ideal elliptical grip that fits best in the driver's hands when cornering with high G-forces.

"The same intensive process was applied to the paddle shifters to achieve the perfect placement. The Takumi driver works exclusively on the development of the LC, making fine adjustments all the time. In fact this process will continue right up to the moment the car goes into production."

Lexus Australia has announced the stunning new four-seat LC 500 will be launched in 2017 and will be available to local buyers.

It will be powered by a high-revving 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine or a high-performance, high-efficiency hybrid model featuring the revolutionary Multi Stage Hybrid System.